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If You’re Missing Fast Data, Big Data Isn’t Working for You

Aug 19, 2014 |

Big Data analytics are all the rage. There is little doubt some great things can be accomplished when an organization takes to mining its data to produce meaningful change in the business. Yet, 64 percent of enterprises that invest in Big Data projects struggle to unlock the value of their Big Data insights, according to analyst firm Gartner. A recent survey on Big Data by my company revealed that 72 percent of respondents could not utilize the majority of the Read more…

Slicing and Dicing Music Data for Fun and Profit

Jul 21, 2014 |

The advent of big data analytics promises to have a profound impact on many aspects of human life, including how we work and play. Big data is even influencing the arts, where the field of music data science is rearranging our relationship with music. We’re in the midst of a boom in music data science that can be traced back to 1999, when two important events occurred. First, Shawn Fanning unleashed Napster to the world, thereby giving people the power Read more…

Data Virtualization and Big Data Stacks—Three Common Use Cases

Jul 2, 2014 |

There is a critical need among businesses today for a platform that enables them to access any kind of data from anywhere it lives without necessarily moving it to a central location like a data warehouse. In fact, every new innovation in technology or business is driven by better use of increasingly complex and disparate data. Data virtualization represents a straightforward way to deal with the complexity, heterogeneity, and volume of information coming at us, while meeting the needs of Read more…

DataTorrent RTS Clocks In at 1.5B Events per Second

Jun 3, 2014 |

What would you do with a system that could process 1.5 billion events per second? That’s the mind-boggling rate at which DataTorrent’s Real-Time Streaming (RTS) offering for Hadoop was recently benchmarked. Now that RTS is generally available–DataTorrent announced its general availability today at Hadoop Summit in San Jose–we may soon find out. That 1.5-billion-events-per-second figure was recorded on DataTorrent’s internal Hadoop cluster, which sports 34 nodes. Each node is able to process tens of thousands of incoming events (call data Read more…

Why Hadoop on IBM Power

May 12, 2014 |

In the quest to achieve data-driven insight, Hadoop running on Intel X86-based processors has emerged as a defacto standard. But X86 is not the only game in town, and before the book on Hadoop is written, IBM would like to say a thing or two about the virtues of running Hadoop on its Power processor. Unlike most enterprise software markets over the past 30 years, the combination of hardware architecture and operating system is almost completely absent from the Hadoop Read more…

News In Brief

As Pollution Worsens, China Turns to Big Data

Jul 8, 2014 |

You’ve got to see, smell, feel Beijing’s smog to believe it. Looking out a high window of a tall building, the air is opaque. Despite rules against them, vendors cook and sell food on side streets using charcoal grills. Prevailing winds from the Gobi Desert distribute dust throughout the sprawling capital. The desert dust along with particulates from high-sulfur coal burned in the city’s power plants prompt car owners to brush off their vehicles the way we might clear snow Read more…

Cloudera, Dell, Intel Target ‘Big Data Ecosystem’

Jun 24, 2014 |

Cloudera, Dell and Intel said they plan to launch dedicated Dell In-Memory Appliances for the Cloudera Enterprise as a way to boost real-time analytics performance. The partners said the goal of the engineering partnership is to advance enterprise deployments of Apache Hadoop as well as to integrate hardware and software to help enterprises leverage advanced data analysis. The latter would be enabled through incorporation of real-time data streams into customers’ applications. The partners said the initial effort would be the Read more…

Unsnarling I-95, with Data

Jun 17, 2014 |

Like the weather, everyone whines about traffic. Now, an alliance of transportation agencies, toll authorities, and data analytics vendors are teaming up to apply real-time speed and travel time data to the problem of traffic congestion and the wasted hours and energy it creates. The I-95 Corridor Coalition wants to apply data analytics to reduce congestion on one of the nation’s busiest interstate corridors, I-95, the 2,000-mile-long parking lot that runs from Maine to Florida. Working with the University of Read more…

Making Hadoop Relevant to HPC

May 27, 2014 |

Despite its proven ability to affordably process large amounts of data, Apache Hadoop and its MapReduce framework are being taken seriously only at a subset of U.S. supercomputing facilities and only by a subset of professionals within the HPC community. That in a nutshell is the contention of Glenn K. Lockwood of the San Diego Supercomputer Center, who wonders why Hadoop remains at the fringe of high-performance computing while looking for ways to move it into the HPC mainstream. “Hadoop Read more…

Novel Storage Technique Speeds Big Data Processing

Feb 4, 2014 |

Between the data deluge and the proliferation of uber-connected devices, the amount of data that must be stored and processed has exploded to a mind-boggling degree. One commonly cited statistic from Google Chairman Eric Schmidt holds that every two days humankind creates as much information as it did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.

This Just In

Zettaset Introduces Fast-PATH

Aug 14, 2014 |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 14 – Zettaset, the leader in Big Data security, today announced Fast-PATH, an advanced software configuration management solution that automates and accelerates Hadoop deployment, significantly reducing the over-reliance on costly and time-consuming professional services that burdens today’s Big Data environment. Hadoop is rapidly evolving, but has not yet reached the level of maturity and sophistication that traditional relational databases offer. As a result, users expecting lower operational costs by using Hadoop software and infrastructure are surprised to find Read more…

Australian Genome Research Facility Selects Brocade to Handle Big Data Growth

Jul 23, 2014 |

MELBOURNE, Australia, July 23 – Driven by the unrelenting growth of genomic data sets, the Australian Genome Research Facility is deploying a high-performance 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) core network across its entire estate, with its Melbourne node the first to go live with new switching infrastructure from Brocade. A national not-for-profit organization, the Australian Genome Research Facility (AGRF) is the country’s largest provider of genomics services, with laboratories in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth — each providing a gateway to a Read more…

Solarflare Debuts New 10GbE Server Adapter

May 27, 2014 |

IRVINE, Calif., May 27 – Solarflare, the leader in application-intelligent networking software and hardware, today announced the general availability of the Solarflare Flareon SFN7002F dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) PCIe 3.0 SFP+ server I/O adapter. The Flareon SFN7002F features a unique, highly virtualized host interface that includes 2048 virtual NIC (vNIC) interfaces. Solarflare vNICs use message signal interrupt (MSI-X) vectors to enable unmatched multi-core and virtual machine (VM) scalability and is the premier network platform for enabling next-generation cloud computing and Read more…

Splunk to Host Variety of Sessions at Cisco Live

May 19, 2014 |

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 19 — Today at Cisco Live, Cisco’s annual IT and communications conference, Splunk Inc., provider of the leading software platform for real-time Operational Intelligence, will showcase more than two dozen sessions about how Splunk software can make it easier to correlate machine data from the Cisco infrastructure with data across the rest of the enterprise. Demonstrations and sessions at booth #2011 include integration with Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI), security use cases with Cisco products and operational analytics Read more…

ConteXtream Partners with Guavus

Apr 8, 2014 |

ConteXtream Inc., a leading provider of carrier-grade network virtualization solutions, today announced that it has partnered with Guavus, a leading provider of big data analytics solutions, to bring real-time analytics to Software Defined Networking (SDN) deployments on service provider networks. The partnership will combine ConteXtream’s ContexNet and Guavus’ Reflex operational intelligence platform. The joint solution gives network operators an end-to-end view across their network and enables Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to dynamically and more efficiently allocate network resources for video optimization, TCP optimization, and rate shaping.